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Pair of lady's two-tone calf-length boots

2005.0005.0139

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W 75mm x H 255mm x D 250mm

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Physical Description

A pair of lady's two-tone calf-length boots in light brown leather with black patent leather toes and heels. The boots are fastened up the side with brown shell buttons and the heel is fastened to the sole with screw. There is fabric and leather lining and a leather heel, sole and inner sole. The boots have been altered to tighten the fit at the calf. There is a gold stamp on the leather inner at the top that reads 'Farmer of Company Limited / Victoria House SYDNEY'. Stamp on fabric lining: '5 3 0 B72'. Stamp on leather sole: '5/3'.

Statement of Significance

The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

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